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The Personal Statement of Purpose in Construction Management, Masters, MS, MSC, PHD. Building a New World from the ground up! I take special delight in helping creative people gain admission to graduate programs in Construction Management.

Many applicants that I have worked with in the area of Construction Management have been from the Middle East where some of today’s most ambitious projects are taking place, especially in Dubai. I very much enjoy learning about these cutting edge projects; and I do research on your behalf concerning the state-of-the-art in construction management in your area of specialty. I also like to visit the web site of the program to which you are applying, before I draft your statement, so as to make it as effective as possible for that particular program. I invite you to fill out my Online Interview Form soon so that I can get started!

Construction Management has the potential to be especially noble work. According to the World Bank, for example, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment. I would like to encourage designers and architects to partner with students and teachers to envision the classroom of the future.

Another special interest that I have in this area deals with the way in which buildings are a major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). The raw resource extraction, manufacturing, transportation, construction, usage, and end-of-life stages of building products each generate significant GHG emissions. Slowing the growth rate of GHG emissions and then reversing it is the key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. In this way, it is clear that construction management has a great deal of potential to contribute, especially over the long term, to healing our environment.

In a rapidly growing urban world, slums and informal settlements provide shelter for a sixth of the planet’s population and unless effective action is taken they are likely to become the most common form of dwelling on earth by 2030. Parallel to this lies another inconvenient truth that architecture as a profession is affecting no more than 5% of what is built every year around the world. I feel strongly that Construction Management professionals have extremely important roles to play in society, even in politics as we face inevitable urban challenges.

The Humanitarian Side of Construction Management

Construction Managers are in high demand all over the world where disasters have occurred and major rebuilding is necessary.

Michael Collins is a good example. We found his story on, in their news section. Check it out. Micheal is the Program Manager for an international NGO working on a construction capacity building training project in Sumatra, Indonesia. Michael and his team assist homeowners living in earthquake prone regions to reconstruct their home so they meet earthquake resistance standards, train local engineers, builders and technical college students.

Darren Mort is another great example from He is actually a civil engineer, but taught Construction Project Management and Environmental Management in Construction to 4th year engineering students in Uganda, when completing a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) program, but he’s also worked for Kampala University, as the Operations Manager for a local road contractor; done a seven-month placement in the Maldives, as Deputy Project Manager for the British Red Cross Society on their tsunami recovery project and been responsible for managing a $11m contract for 250 houses and the development of management processes for a $22m island project to ensure safe water supply, sanitation, power supply and correct construction on Vilufushi island. Darren has always been interested in the international side of engineering and his most recent work has been spent as a volunteer in Tanzania as a Site Engineer for school construction projects. In the past, he’s also worked in Albania, Romania, Croatia and Turkey for Bechtel. Working abroad could also help you get humanitarian construction management work.


Save the Children are currently advertising a Construction Manager position on their website Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children’s welfare, and this role includes providing technical input, construction management skills and capacity building efforts to their construction team. Save the Children are looking for a Construction Manager with a Masters in a related field, prior experience of working within complex country programs in an emergency response or fragile state and experience managing a team of international and national staff, among other experience.

The Halo Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian demining NGO, is also seeking a Construction Manager with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in construction/engineering management projects to work in projects in Afganistan, Angola, Cambodia, Somaliland, DRC, Mozambique, Georgia, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire. You should also be able to speak and write French.

The UN frequently also requires Construction Managers to work in various locations around the world. At the time of writing, the UNOPS, or United Nations Office for Project Services in Kenya has a vacancy for a Construction Manager to work supporting infrastructure development of health facilities and helping apply green building technology inputs. The position involves a lot of travel around Kenya, being responsible for all building and civil construction projects, as well as many other complex management tasks. You will need a minimum of 12 years’ work experience, with 8 of those years in building construction and maintenance works, etc., plus a Master’s degree in Engineering or equally relevant professional qualification. A similar position is also available, where you will work in Haiti, but French is required. Have a look at the website for more detail and other available positions.

These jobs are some examples of where you might like to end up in the future, or perhaps you already have a lot of experience working abroad and a Masters is the final piece you’d like to press into your career puzzle.

Master’s Programs

You have such a wide range of options available to you when it comes to Masters programs, especially if you’re happy to study abroad (which may also give you the chance to learn a second language – another excellent skill to add to your resume).

There are few different paths you could take. Studying International Construction Management is a straight forward and obvious choice. The Nanygan Technological University of Singapore, runs a program specially designed to enable graduate engineers, architects and other professionals from related fields to expand their decision-making horizons and prepare them to work with the parameters and risks involved in international construction projects. Modules include construction law, project financing, international construction and marketing, and IT in construction.

The University of Florida offers a similar course, a self-paced Masters in International Construction Management online with modules like advanced international project safety management, high performance green building, construction ecology and metabolism, and principles of international sustainable construction.

The University of Leeds, UK, has a M.Sc. International Construction Management and Engineering course at their institution, to prepare you for the challenges of the changing and increasingly global construction industry, with a focus on the financial, management and planning aspects of the project life cycle. You will study compulsory modules like applied construction management and whole life asset management, and will be able to choose from self-elective modules like strategic management in construction and the deterioration and maintenance of pavements.

If you’d like to study in English in China, the Tsinghua University in Beijing runs a M.Sc. in International Construction and Project Management, where you’ll have the chance to learn about how Chinese enterprises operate and deliver projects, as well as develop a more global vision of contemporary issues relevant to international construction.

If you’re interested in the sustainable building movement and applying that knowledge abroad, there’s a M.Sc. in Sustainable Construction Project Management at Plymouth University in the UK. There, you’ll build the specialist knowledge and skills to enable you to excel as a sustainability-aware construction project manager, and study modules like sustainable construction technology and innovations, value and risk management, and sustainable project management. While this may not be the most economical of programs, the UK has an excellent international reputation when it comes to their educational institutions.

The University of Newcastle in Australia has recently launched a Master’s in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction, giving students the unique ability to work on approaches to building disaster resilient structures in context-specific situations. The professional application of these disaster management skills and techniques creates graduates that are a valuable resource to local government bodies, NGOs, and national and international organizations involved in disaster management. This year-long program will cover post-disaster project management, disaster mitigation and sustainable re-development, the economics of and for disaster management and professional practice for disaster management, plus other fascinating and unique modules.

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